FERNDALE >> Simply due to both the weather and sloppy field conditions, Ferndale head coach Kim Jorgensen figured his game plan would be centered around the run.Even with wind gusts that gave the flag poles at Coach Carlson Wildcat Field a run for their money, the Wildcats found a few chances to get the ball into the air, too.Senior quarterback Nathan Hansen threw three touchdown passes and junior running back Wyatt Coppini rushed for 162 yards and a pair of scores, as the Ferndale football …
The local community showcased its support for the Redwood Acres Raceway on Thursday night by raising $12,000 in a matter of minutes to take care of an ongoing issue.With concerns among some locals about the noise level at the raceway, a large group of racing fans showed up at a meeting of the fairgrounds board to voice their support for the raceway.And when it was put to the fans that the installation of a mesh noise barrier could solve the problem, the community members immediately dipped …
With the CITES CoP17 World Wildlife Conference taking place in Johannesburg from 24 September to 5 October 2016, we bring you a collection of images taken at the Global White Lion Protection Trust in Timbavati.Zukhara’s name is derived from the Egyptian sun god Ra. He is also named in honour of a tawny male that was trophy hunted in Timbavati. He has lived up to the name, becoming a confident and powerful apex predator.Images by Varuna Jina Words by Shamin ChibbaThe CITES CoP17 World Wildlife Conference is starting on Saturday, 24 September 2016 in Johannesburg and the fate of some of South Africa’s beloved animals will be decided during the 12-day event.South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia have submitted a joint proposal to lift the ban on ivory trade, which could change the lives of elephants. At the opposing end, 29 African countries are proposing an end to endemic poaching of elephants and to put a stop to the decline in their numbers.In another case are proposals to change the status of lions from endangered to a species not under threat.So while policymakers will be discussing the fate of wildlife in air-conditioned auditoriums at the Sandton Convention Centre, the animals will still go about their day in the warm South African sun.We present to you a collection of images from the Global White Lion Protection Trust in Timbavati, Limpopo. While the trust’s primary focus is on preserving the white lion, it cares for other animal and plant species in its vicinity too. The trust is proposing against changing the status of lions at CITES CoP17.To find out more on the white lions and CITES, read:Fate of white lions to be decided at CITES CoP17 Children roar to save white lionsThe sun rises over Timbavati. The Global White Lion Protection Trust is close to the Klasserie River, which founder trust lion ecologist Jason Turner says is the lifeblood of the area. Wildlife is suited to Timbavati, he explains. “So with nature restoring itself, the parks in the area are growing and the different species are all moving through as they should be.”Brothers Zukhara and Matsieng are inseparable, says Jason Turner, lion ecologist at the Global White Lion Protection Trust. Here, they were on the way to a hunt. They are marking scents along the way.Zebra form part of the ecology at the Global White Lion Protection Trust camp. Their presence, and the presence of other animals, is an indication that nature is slowly restoring the balance in Timbavati.Zukhara lounges in the morning sun after a night hunting for food.Zukhara and his brother, Matsieng, split up into what Jason Turner, the Global White Lion Protection Trust lion ecologist, calls a pincer formation. It is a hunting tactic that allows the brothers to envelope their prey, giving it little chance of escaping. The pair picks up the scent of a hunt about a kilometre away.Shangaan sangomas dance to appease the ancestors during a ceremony that called for the protection of white lions in Timbavati.At the elephant temple site at the Global White Lion Protection Trust, children wait to perform skits asking policymakers to make decisions that favour the lives of lions.Children stand in line to perform at the elephant temple. The Global White Lion Protection Trust is getting the Shangaan community, and particularly its children, to be the voice of the lions in hope of persuading policymakers to favour the lives of lions.The Global White Lion Protection Trust has created a wild environment suitable for white lions to thrive. This means introducing animals of other species into the reserve, such as this black-backed jackal.Jason Turner, the lion ecologist at the Global White Lion Protection Trust, uses radio telemetry to determine a lion’s proximity. When Turner and trust founder Linda Tucker introduced the white lions into the wild in 2002, scientists were sceptical they would adapt to hunt and be able to camouflage in the bushveld. Turner says the lions integrated quickly into the environment and are thriving.The skull of a blue wildebeest. The trust has numerous species of game, which are part of a holistic ecology that Linda Tucker is aiming for. Wildebeest are part of the white lions’ diet, which includes impala, wild hog and even porcupine.White lions are significant to Shangaan culture. The big cats are believed to be kings and queens of the past reborn.Linda Tucker, founder of the Global White Lion Protection Trust, roars for the crowd at one of the trust’s camps. Tucker has immersed herself in Shangaan culture, using their knowledge systems to communicate with lions.Founder of the Global White Lion Protection Trust Linda Tucker established the trust as a way to return white lions to the area and bring them back for the Shangaan people. The trust now has six white lions and three tawny females within its boundaries.Matsieng is one of four male white lions at the Global White Lion Protection Trust. According to the trust, he is known to be curious, playful and has an affinity for new lionesses, strutting around to peak their interest. His name means star warrior in Sepedi.Sangomas are said to be able to communicate with the lions in Timbavati. A sangoma, Maria Khosa, saved Linda Tucker, founder of the Global White Lion Protection Trust, and her friends from being lion prey in 1991. When the lions surrounded the van of tourists, Khosa appeared from nowhere and calmly made her way to the van, walking among the lions. The big cats calmed down and backed off.A typical male lion paw print. Male lion paws are larger and their toes more splayed than lionesses. Measurements taken from a lion’s paw print can also help Linda Turner, founder of the Global White Lion Protection Trust, guess its age. Such tracks can also help determine the direction the lion is headed.This tiny construction is a remnant of what was a farm before Linda Turner, founder of the Global White Lion Protection Trust, bought the land for the trust. It was a house for Joseph, a farm worker at the time. Today, the little house is empty and Joseph has been hired by the trust and given more dignified lodging at the camp.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With harvest beginning across the country, the National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers that online harvest forms for the 2017 National Corn Yield Contest are available online for those who entered the contest. While the harvest information form deadline may seem distant, entrants are asked to report within two weeks of their final yield check or by Nov. 17, whichever comes first.“While harvest is only just kicking off for many, it is important to keep contest rules regarding harvest form submissions in mind. We ask contest applicants to submit harvest forms within two weeks of their final yield check to allow NCGA staff adequate time to thoroughly review each form,” said Brent Hostetler, Stewardship Action Team Chair. “The National Corn Yield Contest plays a significant role in recognizing excellence and finding new, more productive techniques. We hope that growers continue to support the contest by seeing their entry through and submitting their completed harvest data forms.”The online harvest form is available to both farmers and seed representatives using the same login process as the initial entry form. Login does require submission of the entrant’s NCGA membership number.NCGA moved to a solely online harvest entry documentation platform in 2015. To complete the form, entrants will upload weigh tickets and yield calculations worksheet that details the number of rows harvested and length of each pass. Prior to upload, both documents must be signed by the contest supervisor. This year a tutorial video is available online.For half of a century, NCGA’s National Corn Yield Contest has provided corn growers the opportunity to compete with their colleagues to grow the most corn per acre, helping feed and fuel the world. This has given participants not only the recognition they deserved, but the opportunity to learn from their peers.Winners receive national recognition in publications such as the NCYC Corn Yield Guide, as well as cash trips or other awards from participating sponsoring seed, chemical and crop protection companies. The winners will be honored during Commodity Classic 2018 in Anaheim, Calif.For access to contest information and a detailed list of the entry and harvest rules, click here.Click here for the 2017 National Corn Yield Contest Online Harvest Form.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Next to him is Ginebra’s Justin Brownlee (53.5 SPs), Blackwater’s Greg Smith (52.9 SPs), Phoenix’s Jameel McKay (47.7 SPs), and Alaska’s Cory Jefferson (47.4 SPs).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mahindra’s Gavina focuses on positives despite ending campaign with 2-9 card MOST READ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Chasing him in second is GlobalPort’s Stanley Pringle, who isn’t far behind with a 33.4 SPs.Ginebra forward Japeth Aguilar sits in third with 32.3 SPs, followed by Fajardo (32.2 SPs), and Batang Pier scorer Terrence Romeo (31.5 SPs).Rounding out the top 10 are Jayson Castro (31.3 SPs), Marcio Lassiter (31.2 SPs), Chris Ross (30.9 SPs), LA Tenorio (30.2 SPs), and Baser Amer (29.6 SPs).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMeanwhile, Star’s Ricardo Ratliffe leads the Best Import race with 65.7 SPs.The returning reinforcement averaged 34.7 points, 21.0 rebounds, 3.3 blocks, and 2.0 assists in the three games he played this conference. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View comments Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netA player from San Miguel still owns the top spot in the Best Player of the Conference in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, but this time, it’s not June Mar Fajardo, who is leading the statistical race.Alex Cabagnot made a surprise leap to be top local, netting 34.7 statistical points (SPs). He is averaging 15.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.4 steals per game this conference.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV LATEST STORIES BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’
Orioles: C Welington Castillo (testicular injury) was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list prior to the game. He was 0 for 3. … LHP Zach Britton (left forearm strain) threw a successful bullpen session on Saturday and has another scheduled for Monday. On the disabled list since May 6 (retroactive to May 5), the All-Star closer will throw live batting practice on Thursday.Yankees: 1B Greg Bird (right ankle bruise) went 2 for 5 with an RBI for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday in his ninth rehab game. There is no timetable for his return. “Our people determined that he’s not ready to come back yet,” manager Joe Girardi said. … LHP Aroldis Chapman (left shoulder) struck out three and walked one in one inning during a simulated game against minor leaguers on Saturday morning. He has been on the DL since May 14 with rotator cuff inflammation. Chapman is scheduled to pitch one inning on Tuesday with Class A Tampa and another at Double-A Trenton on Friday. Girardi hopes that the 29-year-old can be activated next weekend in Oakland. … CF Jacoby Ellsbury (concussion) will not join the club on their upcoming West Coast trip. He will work out with Trenton, although he is not expected to play in any games this week. Ellsbury has been riding an exercise bike, running on a treadmill and playing catch.UP NEXTOrioles: RHP Kevin Gausman (3-4, 5.86 ERA) tries to help Baltimore avoid a sweep in the series finale. He beat the Yankees May 31 in Baltimore despite allowing eight hits and five walks over 5 1/3 frames.Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka, originally slated to start, was pushed back to Monday in Anaheim. He has lost five straight starts during the worst stretch of his career, charged with 27 runs in 22 2/3 innings including 11 home runs. Girardi said the Yankees would announce his replacement sometime after Saturday’s game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The crazy life of boxer Johnny Tapia Tillman walked Judge and Holliday on eight straight balls with one out in the second. Castro drove a 3-0 pitch 452 feet over the Baltimore bullpen to make it 9-0, ending Tillman’s outing.Holliday hit a three-run homer in the fourth and Judge added a two-run double in the fifth. Holliday and Judge both had three of New York’s 18 hits and scored three times each.Severino earned his third consecutive win. He was perfect until walking Mark Trumbo to begin the fifth, and all of Severino’s strikeouts came on swings.Chris Davis and Joey Rickard homered for the Orioles.TRAINER’S ROOMADVERTISEMENT World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge runs the bases after hitting a home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Saturday, June 10, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — Rookie Aaron Judge hit his major league-leading 19th home run and the New York Yankees connected five times in all, battering Chris Tillman and the Baltimore Orioles 16-3 Saturday night for their fourth straight win.Starlin Castro, Gary Sanchez, Didi Gregorius and Matt Holliday also homered in New York’s biggest offensive show this season. The first-place Yankees have outscored Boston and Baltimore, their closest competitors in the AL East, by 41-6 during their winning streak.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Luis Severino (5-2) pitched seven sharp innings, giving up one run and two hits. He struck out eight walked two.Tillman (1-4) was tagged for nine runs in only 1 1/3 innings. He got two quick outs to begin the first before Judge’s homer began a six-run burst.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHolliday then singled, Castro doubled and Sanchez lined a two-run single. Gregorius deposited Tillman’s next offering into the right field seats, extending the lead to 5-0, with all those runs scoring in a span of eight pitches.After Chase Headley walked and moved up on a wild pitch, Chris Carter hit an RBI single. View comments
Chris Woakes dismisses Mahendra Singh Dhoni for a duck during the final testIndia had just lost the Test series to England, and as he walked into the press conference hall at the Oval, it was inevitable that Mahendra Singh Dhoni would face the question, “Will you resign?” Dhoni looked the,Chris Woakes dismisses Mahendra Singh Dhoni for a duck during the final testIndia had just lost the Test series to England, and as he walked into the press conference hall at the Oval, it was inevitable that Mahendra Singh Dhoni would face the question, “Will you resign?” Dhoni looked the curious reporter in the eye and said, “You will have to wait and watch if I am strong enough or not strong enough.” Then he added cryptically: “Don’t blame the IPL.”To put it in perspective, the Oval was India’s third-biggest Test defeat ever. India’s batting counted for just 90.3 overs in the Test, marginally bet-ter than the 89.4 overs seen out in the preceding match at Old Trafford. After the victory at Lord’s, India reg-istered their worst run of consecutive innings totals in decades. So it is tempting to guess at the question hanging in the air that Dhoni chose to address: are India now officially an ODI and Twenty20 team? Put another way: can Test cricket survive in India? Kapil Dev spells it out: “If the BCCI doesn’t take it seriously enough, Test cricket will be gone for us.”The 3-1 series defeat highlights the arc of Dhoni’s captaincy going back to India’s previous tour of England, in 2011, when they capitu-lated 4-0. To make it worse, in the 16 overseas Tests under Dhoni during this period, India have won just that solitary Test, at Lord’s in this series. They lost 12 of these Tests.A defeat as comprehensive as this one begs two related questions. Was the captain as good or as wanting as his team? Or, was the team as good or as wanting as the captain? Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara, heirs to the legacy of Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, got exposed cruelly. Virat av-eraged 13.40 and Pujara 22.20. In the five Tests, India saw a collapse almost every innings-they lost 22 wickets for 98 runs in the first innings col-lapses and 27 wickets for 172 in the second innings overall in the England series. And India’s match-winner at Lord’s, Ishant Sharma, bowled 16 no balls in the three Tests he played.advertisementWasim Akram singles out the lead-ership for the mess: “They knew what to expect in England. Yet they thought things would just fall into place.” There was a touch of defiance to Dhoni’s approach, a refusal to assess the conditions and course-correct when things started going wrong. England scored almost 20 per cent of their runs behind square on the off side, yet India did not bring a third man. His obsession in placing a leg slip yielded not even a single wicket, but the fielder wasn’t asked to move.His insistence on first playing Ravin-dra Jadeja at the expense of Ravichandran Ashwin and then ask-ing him to bowl to a negative leg-side line neither fetched wickets nor stopped the flow of runs. He was brave with the bat amid the collapse but his wicket-keeping was painful to watch. He failed to go for half-chances, and rarely ran up to the stumps to collect throws.”You can fail with the bat or the ball but I was shocked when India did not even try changing things in the en-tire series,” says Sourav Ganguly. “They could have changed the batting order, for example. If Virat was strug-gling at four or Pujara at three, why not swap places and get the in-form Ajinkya Rahane at three, Pujara four and Virat five? I wonder what they discussed in team meetings. They were an embarrassment.”Mohammad Azharuddin suggests radical action: “You need to change the Test captain.” Kapil would have Dhoni change his style. “I have always said we don’t need Captain Cool,” he says. “We need Captain Hot and Aggressive.” One of the big unknowns about Dhoni is whether he prioritises Test cricket. Word from the dressing room is that he gets bored with five contin-uous days of Test cricket. When he needed to rest his back and fingers in the summer of 2008, he decided to skip the Test leg on India’s tour of Sri Lanka, playing instead in the one-day matches. On the tour of New Zealand in 2009, India won the Hamilton Test in four days and rather than travelling to Napier, the sleepy, nondescript venue for next Test, Dhoni’s team took a detour and spent a couple of days in bustling Auckland.Test cricketers also rebuild or set-tle into durable strategy, as the case may be, as a coherent unit. After the retirement of key members of the team that came to be called New India-Tendulkar, Dravid, Ganguly, Laxman, Anil Kumble-their succes-sors are flaking out at a much younger age. Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh and Gambhir have run out of steam in their early 30s, while New India continued into their mid-late 30s. “It can happen with one player, or two, but with four?” says a former selector. “It was almost if the dressing room wanted them to fail so they could be dropped.”advertisementAfter the Test drubbing, the BCCI has appointed Ravi Shastri as team di-rector for the one-day series. Coach Duncan Fletcher stays on, but his exact role is not clear. It’s as if India want to hurtle forward into the rest of the tour without being detained by a con-structive analysis of their preparedness for Test cricket.Follow the writer on Twitter @vikrantgupta73